Wow … simply wow

Today touched me in a way that left me absolutely overwhelmed … what a fantastic day, another day I will carry with me forever.

With only two days left as the editor of the Eagle, a going away lunch was held for me today.

Little Lilly’s Island Deli, a deli right down the boardwalk from us, made my version of the veggie wrap as the special of the day as a tribute to me. That in itself blew me away.

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They also put a message on their sign, which usually highlights the special of the day …

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This sign kicked off a very emotional day … Chris, Robin and Matt … you all will be missed. You all always brighten my day … especially that wonderful laugh of yours Robin.

Elsie, one of the first women I met when I started on the island, put a letter to the editor in the paper yesterday inviting the community to come say goodbye.

What a thoughtful gesture …

As the hour and a half went by, various individuals came in, shared their goodbyes, and well wishes. I received lots of hugs and a few kisses before we walked away from each other. Some even came baring gifts.

I was especially touched when Linda came into the deli. I instantly got up and hugged her, an embrace that shared every emotion she was feeling at that moment. That hug spoke to me, spoke volumes. As we pulled away tears filled her eyes as she shared how much she was going to miss me. Since I am an incredibly emotional person, I told her to stop crying or I was going to start. We hugged again, after I shared my contact information with her. That goodbye and best wishes touched my heart in such a deep way, made me feel incredibly loved.

As I sat with a great group of women at lunch, laughing uncontrollably, it hit me how much I am going to miss this island and all of the people who have touched my life. I never thought I would have so many emotions fill me as I said goodbye to a place of work.

The best part was those goodbyes continued as I went back to the office.

Although I worked today it did not feel like work. There was so much laughter, so much joy, so many good times. One of the best days I have had on that island.

I don’t think I will ever fully grasp what kind of impact I have had on this community.

The beauty of this job is it never really felt like a job. Yes, I worked a crazy amount of hours, worked way to many consecutive days in a row … and … yes complained about it from time to time. But, I worked with friends, people who I grew to know through the articles I wrote. I became a part of the community in which I did not live all because of the involvement I felt was important to have as the editor of the Eagle.

A community that embraced me, a community that treated me like a member of their personal family will always fill my heart with so much joy.

I am so glad I was given this job, it has changed my life forever! I have so many beautiful memories that I will take with me throughout my life due to the experiences and people I met.

I will miss Pine Island, I will miss writing for the paper that I poured my heart and soul into.

Wow, how incredibly lucky am I, this truly is the best career in the entire world.

So many emotions, so many beautiful, raw emotions are running wild at this very moment.